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What Is the Impact of COVID-19 on First Responders?

You can participate in a study.

Check out: "Monitor and Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 on Public Safety"

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has imposed costs on the country’s police, fire, and emergency medical services. These first responders risk exposure in their jobs, yet must maintain operations in order to ensure the safety of the communities they serve.

These first responder communities are key stakeholders within the homeland security enterprise (HSE), and their resilience in the face of the pandemic is of concern to DHS. Thus, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) seeks to collect data on COVID-19 impacts on first responder communities and provide evidence-based best practices.

First responders who want to participate in the study can fill out the questionnaire here. It is designed to be answered by someone involved in planning, reviewing, implementing, or evaluating the organizational response to COVID-19 of law enforcement, emergency medical services, or fire departments.




Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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